RNI 2020 – Race Preparation

We have just one month to go before the Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand, Evolution Sails Round North Island Two Handed Yacht Race 2020 begins! Victoria & Emily have delivered High Voltage north from Waikawa to Auckland this week. Gaining a lot more essential boat testing & training time along the way. With…

A Poetic Voyage

My eyelids were getting heavy… It was about 1am. Night watch, a stunning calm night, phosphorescence glittering in our wake, and the blinking distant light of Cape Campbell in the distance. I was motor sailing Wildwood on our (almost) annual pilgrimage 183 miles north from Lyttelton Harbour to the Marlborough Sounds for the summer holidays.…

A Voyage of Discovery

What does the word “discovery” mean to you? Back in school in the 1980’s we were taught that Captain Cook “discovered” New Zealand. His vessel the Endeavour features on our 50c coin. Monuments to Cook stand in many places that he visited, and even places that he didn’t visit (such as Christchurch) on his travels…

RNI 2020 – We need your help!

As you may recall from my last post, we have entered in the Two Handed Round North Island Yacht Race in 2020, a race held once every three years.   This race commenced in 1977, being put together by Sir Peter Blake.  It is not for the faint hearted and is an epic challenge/adventure race…

RNI2020

Who wants to sail in one of the toughest, most challenging races in New Zealand – around the North Island two handed? (For those non-sailing people out there this actually means two people – so technically four hands…don’t ask me why as I am not sure either…) Well it seems like lots of people! The…

The Kaikoura Coast Track

I can’t remember how many times I’ve driven past the little brown sign on State Highway ¬†One – pointing down a lonely narrow country backroad, enticing me with three simple words “Kaikoura Coastal Track”. Every time I’ve either been heading off on another adventure, or racing home to throw some washing in the general direction…

The Wellington to Nelson Race

If you are a follower on Facebook, you may have noticed a certain “VM2 Racing” suffix recently being added to the Astrolabe Sailing Facebook page. Well that is because my friend Victoria Murdoch has recently purchased a new yacht called High Voltage, and she has talked me in to doing the Round North Island two…